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Station to station the news is the same,
Stronger today than yesterday.
Heinous crimes, intense, evil passion.
Suicide bombers killing children, shattering parental dreams-
All in the name of Allah.
Kidnappings, random unchecked lunacy in the marketplace,
Blatant disregard for human life.
Mankind turning from itself.
Unblinking consciences squeezing triggers on defiant weapons.
Lies and denials have become universal currency.
Immoral short cuts have become off ramps for the autobahn misdirects.
We can't crop dust the evil from our jaded souls.
Deliberate lack of respect
Has eaten the moral fiber from our DNA.
Each day we stand on guard for basic safety.
Around every corner lies the possibility of harm-
New harm, stronger harm, deadly harm...
The room is too big.
General Patton has just left the building.
We are running dangerously low on antibiotics for evil.
We have become ancient Rome-
With exponentially larger weapons.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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  • Daniel Brick (7/7/2014 11:33:00 AM)

    This is one of the NECESSARY poems. William Stafford said I WANT TO WRITE NECESSARY POEMS, and for the immediate age we live in - this is what is necessary. You state clearly and forthrightly - STOP YOUR VIOLENCE - Do not try to explain it, justify it, rationalize it - just stop it. Your poem is a cry of the heart against what can only be called madness. I'm impressed with your coherently layered references to specific injustices. This means your poem is a balance of clear thinking and passionate feeling. This is what we need! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/7/2014 11:25:00 AM)

    I'll just say something about a pet peeve and SHUT UP (I PROMISE) . The Roman Empire was the only truly successful empire in early human history when EVERY NATION that achieved power tried to become an empire. The Roman Empire established the Pax Romana, built and maintained roads, trading centers, sea lanes free of pirates, promoted a universal language in demotic Greek, and extended Roman citizenship to all who desired it. And yes it was a military dictatorship. So why do people persist in treating it as a fallen society? ? (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (7/3/2014 9:35:00 AM)

    Being a citizen of a nation which suffered for thirty years at a stretch from terrorism, I do feel your wrath very well. I admire your zest and courage to name a particular sect that always up to driving societies across the globe to this misery in the name of religion. They are obviously working day and night hard towards getting the whole world in their fist. Very well written poem. Please keep revealing such elements in society using your talents as a poet. (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (7/3/2014 1:58:00 AM)

    I say this all the time We have become ancient Rome- With exponentially larger weapons. Except I call them killing machines but it's the same idea. Very detail and well written piece about very real problems the world tends to ignore unless they are actually caught up in the middle of it. Don't stop writing wake up those set in their trance like states. Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Pheko Motaung (6/14/2014 8:56:00 PM)

    They even kidnap school girls to fight their coward religious wars for them! This misuse of religion must be condemned.Thank you for standing against the religious zealots (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (6/4/2014 1:01:00 PM)

    It does seem the last few years especially that this poem holds truth. It does seem as if no matter which news station you watch or which newspaper you read there is hardly ever any good news. I'd even settle for a somewhat happy clip once in awhile. Our society is definitely slipping..... (Report) Reply

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